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Ramona and Her Father (Ramona Quimby #4)

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Ramona's father has lost his job and all the family are miserable, so Ramona decides to try and cheer them up, in her own inimitable way.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 9th 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published 1975)
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Kevin Fink
Aug 10, 2008 Kevin Fink rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 80s childhood nostalgics
Oh! I had hoped that this book would be as fun and lovely as I remembered. When I received it in my sweaty hands, I said, "Oh my. I remember this book as a lot thicker." But you know what? It was fun and lovely and nostalgic. I read it in one day, on two bus trips to work and back. Who can forget Nosmo King? And the crown of burrs? And Ramona wanting to be on television commercials so she can earn a million dollars and her father and family can be happy again? And the bittersweet Christmas endin ...more
Susann
"Having a sister who tried to act like the Virgin Mary was not easy for a girl who felt as Ramona did."
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03-15-2008
"Ramona made up her mind, right then and there in the middle of arithmetic, that she was going to save her father's life."

Ramona, c'est moi. I first read this in 1980, maybe 1981, and should have been awestruck that Cleary had put pen to paper and come up with me. How did she know my 7-year-old self so well? But no, I took Ramona for granted and just read this one over
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steph
"You know something?" said Mr. Quimby. "I don't care how much that kid or any other kid earns. I wouldn't trade you for a million dollars."
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Mr. Quimby continued his careful snipping. "I'll bet that boy's father wishes he had a little girl who finger-painted and wiped her hands on the cat when she was little and who once cut her own hair so she would be bald like her uncle and who then grew up to be seven years old and crowned herself with burs. Not every father is lucky enough to have a daught
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Lori
I remember this book so well- partly because I went on a campaign to try to get my dad to stop smoking just as Ramona had after I read this book. My campaign was unfortunately, not as successful as Ramona's. Still, this remains one of my favorite books from childhood. I love the part in which Ramona tells her teacher that her pantyhose are wrinkled like an elephant's skin. So funny. Cleary has an uncanny ability to remember and describe children's feelings- without being condescending or phony. ...more
Dolly
May 16, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We started reading the series of books starring Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Henry and their friends a few years ago, but we never made too much progress. We intended to read more, but we always chose something else.

Our youngest was given the book Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby to read by her second grade teacher to practice her reading comprehension and I thought we'd give the series another try. We recently listened to Ramona and Her Mother

This book brings a sense of nostalgia to me, a reminder of
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Mary
I love this book so much. This is the book where Ramona really starts to get to know herself. I love the way her father's character is developed and the way Cleary relates the experience of being worried about money without beating the reader over the head with it.

I still have the copy of this book that I read as a kid and it was so wonderful to get back to the RIGHT illustrations. Ramona reminds me more of myself at that age when she looks like her plain, mousey little self. I swear I had that
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ramona and Her Father (Ramona, #4) , Beverly Cleary 1916
عنوان: رامونا و پدرش؛ نویسنده: بورلی کلی یر؛ مترجم: نورا حق پرست؛ تصویرگر: آلن تی یگرین؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کانون پرورش فکری کودکان و نوجوانان، 1372، در 11 ص، مصور، شابک: ایکس - 964432367؛ ؛ گروه سنی : د؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی، قرن 20 م

Elizabeth K.
For VSC, paired with Ramona and Her Mother.

This one I remembered fairly clearly from reading it several times as a kid, although there were two things that surprised me on this read -- first, that it's really extremely short, and possibly related, as a kid, I had the impression that it was AGONY for the family, to have the father out of work, and then cranky from quitting smoking. I was amazed, now, that this isn't dwelled on in the way that it seems etched in my memory. I guess I was projecting
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Heather
I'm reading this to the girls and we're having a good time. They are FREAKING out that the dad smokes. It was published in 75, and I'm trying to explain that things were a bit different back when I was a kid.
Michelle
**Hmmm, I meant to read these Ramona books in order but I've apparently skipped two of them. Disappointing.**

I will never not love Ramona and the entire Quimby clan. Reading this as an adult made me appreciate it in a whole new way--mainly because we're dealing with: Ramona's unemployed father and how they all cope. That's pretty realistic and kind of heavy duty for a kids' book, you know?

I will also forever be amazed by Beverly Cleary. If you asked me to write a kids' book, I would struggle to
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Francesca
My children continue to be thrilled with Ramona, even though she's having to deal with some heavier issues as her father goes through an extended bout of unemployment.
Chelsey
How do you rate an otherwise fine kid's book that casually mentions blackface as a fun and normal thing to do?

Ramona, towards the end of the book, is backstage at the church nativity play, and she runs into a trio of girls applying dark skin make-up to play the three wise men. I know it's a tiny part of the book. I know the book is old. But I can't help thinking, "If I hand this to a third grader today, will they be the one throwing a racist 'thug' party in ten years?" How would a child of color
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Ciara
Dec 05, 2008 Ciara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: portlanders, all children, people trying to quit smoking, the recently laid-off
this is probably my favorite ramona book, due to the fact that i was kid of a daddy's girl when i was a little kid. i had much more in common with my dad than my mom (both of us were obsessed with reading, for example--we had matching t-shirts that said, "so many books, so little time," & my dad had such an enormous personal library that he borrowed against it as collaterel when he bought a house). in this book, mr. quimby loses his job. things are tight for the quimby family, trying to get ...more
S.
Oct 27, 2013 S. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: alice
there is darkness even within the lightest works, and light sparks here and there is the ultimate downer novels. WP says that Cleary was advised to write peppy and light and humorous, but scholarship on children's literature, as such exists, actually takes formal note of the 1977 "dark period" where light and peppy children's book writer Beverly Cleary first saw the intrusion of darker themes in what was up to then the all sunshine Ramona series. the incorrigible Ramona, of course, is the somewh ...more
Elaine
I liked this one a lot, even more so than the others. As in all the others, the author really seems to understand the thought-process of a little girl, of whatever age she's in for the book. I liked that this book dealt with some serious issues for her family, and that Ramona had such concern about her father's smoking, and that she made such a sincere effort to get him to stop. It reminded me that kids do think deeply, and adults do need take them seriously and learn from them sometimes. It's w ...more
Julia Winknler
Second grade is not turning out the way it should for Ramona Quimby. Her dad has lost his job, her mom has found a full-time job, and her big sister Beezus has "reached a difficult age." In her inimitable way, Ramona decides to take charge. She practices TV commercials in hopes of earning a million dollars, but only ends up insulting her teacher and getting into a prickly mess with some burrs. Then she embarks on a campaign to make her father stop smoking. Mr. Quimby manages to hold up under all ...more
Bookmaniac70
През един топъл септемврийски следобед Рамона се занимава с коледния списък на подаръците, които иска да получи. Двете със сестра й с нетърпение очакват родителите им да ги заведат на вечеря в любимото им заведение. Баща им, обаче, се връща с лоша новина у дома – уволнен е от работа. Сега не само вечерята навън, но и целият живот на семейството ще се промени.

Мила и забавна книжка, която много добре описва неловкостите на порастването.
Rebecca
I finished this book--and am writing this review--on Beverly Cleary's 95th birthday!

This is the first book in the series I have awarded five stars. Ramona and Her Father is more nuanced, more finely-tuned than the previous three books. Ramona finds herself "the only happy member of her family" as her father deals with unemployment and nicotine withdrawals, her mother shoulders the burden of providing for the entire family, and Beezus dreads her creative writing assignments at school. With all th
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Tressa
I love how Beverly Cleary's Ramona series is not just set around Ramona, but how Ramona reacts to members of her small family and how the books highlight Ramona's bittersweet relationship with them all.

I'm currently listening to Ramona and Her Mother with my son, but we really enjoyed Ramona and Her Father. Cleary was not afraid, even back in the seventies when most of these books were written, of tackling non-kid friendly subjects such as unemployment, pregnancy, depression, and smoking. In th
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Kirei
Great book. Beverly Cleary is definitely into deeper subject matter in this book with issues like joblessness and smoking. It is an old book, but still relevant today! My son wanted to know why the dad just did not find a new job......so it was a teaching experience.

I thought it was interesting that the widow Mrs. Swink said that she like "The Red Fairy Book" and "The Blue Fairy Book" when she was a kid. I have been meaning to read those books, so it was a good excuse to download them (for free
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Amanda Nuchols
Arguably the best of the Ramona series, this installation follows 7-year-old Ramona Quimby into the first half of her year in 2nd grade and the family's trials and tribulations when their father loses his job and quits smoking. A touching and heartfelt account of love and challenge from the perspective of a precocious 7-year-old, Ramona speaks with a childlike wisdom born of love. Even if you don't buy or read all of the other Ramona books, this one is a must have for every child's library. It i ...more
Lisbeth Solberg
Ramona and Howie make coffee-can stilts.

Clank, clank. Clank, clank. Ramona found deep satisfaction in making so much noise, and so did Howie. Mrs. Swink, turning into her driveway in her dignified old sedan, smiled and waved. In a moment of daring, Ramona yelled "Pieface!" at her.

"Pieface yourself!" Mrs. Swink called back, understanding Ramona's joke.

Howie did not approve. "You aren't supposed to call grown-ups pieface," he said. "Just kids."

"I can call Mrs. Swink pieface," boasted Ramona. "I ca
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Lars Guthrie
Despite what I hope is an anachronistic issue for most kids today--getting your father to quit smoking--another great Beverly Cleary Ramona book. The book is contemporary (or timeless) as far as another issue--the way kids are aware of family tensions, in this case caused by financial difficulties when Ramona's father loses his job. When Ramona seems upset about a ruined Halloween pumpkin, her parents miss what is really happening: 'Didn't grown-ups think children worried about anything but jack ...more
Emily Wright
Personal Reaction - This book was a very fun read. I enjoyed the very real life characters and when I was a child, I could relate to this book on many levels. It was a great story that could help a lot of children out, especially in today's world.

Purpose - I feel like this book would be great for independent reading. It would be great for third or fourth graders that are really getting into transitional reading and chapter books. The vocabulary is mind stretching but doesn't make it so hard that
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Georgia Karr
Ramona and Her Father is a wonderful book for a child in elementary school when they are going through that awkward phase we all go through. It talks about real life struggles that could happen at any time without warning. It also addresses how these struggles might be perceived by and how they might make a young child feel. I think this book was very realistic and could help anyone through a trying time in their life. Not only was it relatable, but it was also humorous at times. The pictures th ...more
Kelly Haacke
I chose the book, "Ramona and Her Father" By Beverly Cleary. This realistic fiction book intended for children ages 7 or 8 and up won the following awards: the Newbery Honor in 1978, the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Garden State Book Award, the Land of Enchantment Book Award, the Nene Award in 1979, the Beehive Award, the Bluebonnet Award for Texas Bluebonnet Award in 1981, the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award in 1980, the New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award in 1 ...more
Becky
Ramona and Her Father is the fourth book in the Ramona series. This wonderful, unforgettable series was written over five decades. The first book, Beezus and Ramona was published in 1955! The fourth book in the series was published in 1975! The last book in the series was published in 1999! Many changes occurred throughout the decades, yet, Ramona remains timeless and just-about-perfect.

In Ramona and Her Father, Ramona is in second grade. (Have you noticed how almost all the books start in the
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Shauna
Ramona is possessed of all the mischief and silliness of Junie B. Jones without the disrespectful attitude and the obscene grammar. Skip Junie with the kids and reach back in time a little bit for Ramona. These are the kinds of stories that are beneficial for kids like my younger one who is working on recognizing when "funny/silly" crosses the line and becomes "rude/disrespectful/hurtful." The reader gets to witness Ramona thinking and and acting in age-typical ways in the context of relationshi ...more
Naoki Kato
Ramona and Her Father
by Beverly Cleary

7 years old Ramona Quimby loves to spend time with her father even though he loses his job on the payday. She crosses off the presents she has written on her Christmas list and instead wishes for a happy family. She does her best to make her family happy but nothing worked, but her father tells her that they already are. Just before Christmas, Ramona's father gets a job, and Beezus is invited to play the role of Mary in the church Christmas pageant. Feeling
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Jennifer Parrish
Ramona and Her Father is a story about a little girl named Ramona. She is in the second grade at Glenwood School. One day her father comes home and told her that he has lost his job. The family now must help try to find her father a new job. They deal with the headache of filling out job applications and doing unemployment paperwork. Her mother, Mrs. Quimby works full time but times are still hard for the Quimby's. With all of this going on, Mrs. Quimby asks the children to please be on their be ...more
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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Other Books in the Series

Ramona Quimby (8 books)
  • Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1)
  • Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2)
  • Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)
  • Ramona and Her Mother (Ramona, #5)
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6)
  • Ramona Forever (Ramona Quimby #7)
  • Ramona's World (Ramona, #8)
Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6) The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1) Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2) Ramona the Brave (Ramona, #3)

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